500 Names for Dogs

Naming your dog can be a puzzling task, yet every dog gets a name somehow. Sometimes, friends or family help pick a name, and sometimes it's the dog itself who makes a name obvious. It's a good idea to test run a name for a few days to see if it sticks. If you're patient, a good name for your dog will come to you naturally and will fit perfectly.

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Top names for male dogs: Ace through Donnie

  • Ace
  • Admirial
  • Adonis
  • Adrian
  • Andre
  • Angus
  • Ash
  • Balto
  • Bandit
  • Beans
  • Bear
  • Beau
  • Beck
  • Beer
  • Beowulf
  • Bernie
  • Blackjack
  • Blaze
  • Blimp
  • Bluto
  • Bones
  • Bono
  • Books
  • Boomer
  • Boots
  • Bosco
  • Bran
  • Briefs
  • Bristles
  • Bruiser
  • Buba
  • Buckeye
  • Bucky
  • Bug
  • Buster
  • Butch
  • Butterscotch
  • Button
  • Cadbury
  • Caliban
  • Canoli
  • Captain
  • Caramel
  • Cashew
  • Cassius
  • Caviar
  • Charlie
  • Chestnut
  • Chewbacca
  • Chip
  • Chomp
  • Chopper
  • Cinder
  • Clifford
  • Cody
  • Cola
  • Colby
  • Cole
  • Colossus
  • Conan
  • Cricket
  • Crowe
  • Crumbs
  • Czar
  • Dash
  • Diesel
  • Dobby
  • Dodge
  • Donnie

Best names for male dogs: Duke through Maverick

  • Duke
  • Duncan
  • Durango
  • Dusty
  • Echo
  • Everest
  • Falafel
  • Fang
  • Ferrari
  • Finn
  • Flea
  • Flick
  • Flint
  • Frankenstein
  • Frodo
  • Gadget
  • Gandalf
  • Gary
  • General
  • Genghis
  • Ghost
  • Godzilla
  • Goliath
  • Grasshopper
  • Guinness
  • Gunner
  • Hagrid
  • Hakeem
  • Hamlet
  • Hannibal
  • Harley
  • Heath
  • Hercules
  • Hershey
  • Hickory
  • Hooch
  • Horatio
  • Hoss
  • Hulk
  • Ink
  • Jack
  • Jericho
  • Jerry
  • Jet
  • Jim
  • Kane
  • Kanye
  • Kindle
  • King
  • Kingston
  • Kisses
  • Kodiak
  • Kong
  • Kylo
  • Lazarus
  • Lego
  • Leo
  • Logan
  • Loki
  • Mac
  • Major
  • Malakai
  • Manny
  • Marble
  • Marbles
  • Marmaduke
  • Mars
  • Martin Short
  • Maverick

Unique names for boy dogs: Max through Rocket

  • Max
  • Meatball
  • Meatloaf
  • Midnight
  • Miguel
  • Milo
  • Moby
  • Molasses
  • Mookie
  • Moose
  • Mud
  • Mufasa
  • Napoleon
  • Nash
  • Neutron
  • Night
  • Ninja
  • Noir
  • Nova
  • Orion
  • Othello
  • Panther
  • Parker
  • Paul
  • Peanut
  • Pencils
  • Pepper
  • Peter
  • Pharoah
  • Pip
  • Pluto
  • Poe
  • Porkchop
  • Porky
  • Porter
  • Prince
  • Prospero
  • Puck
  • Pudge
  • Radar
  • Ragnarok
  • Raider
  • Ram
  • Rambo
  • Ranger
  • Reeses
  • Remy
  • Rex
  • Rhino
  • Rich
  • Rivers
  • Rocket

Top male names for dogs: Rocky through Zorro

  • Rocky
  • Rolo
  • Romeo
  • Roo
  • Rorschach
  • Rusty
  • Saber
  • Scooby
  • Scotch
  • Scrappy
  • Shades
  • Shadow
  • Sharpie
  • Shawn
  • Shrimp
  • Slate
  • Slim
  • Smokey
  • Smudge
  • Snoopy
  • Soldier
  • Spike
  • Splinter
  • Spud
  • Stallion
  • Stitch
  • Stout
  • Suede
  • Sumo
  • T-Rex
  • Tank
  • Tanner
  • Teddy
  • Terminator
  • Tex
  • Thimble
  • Thor
  • Thrash
  • Tiger
  • Timber
  • Tiny
  • Titan
  • Tom
  • Tony
  • Tucker
  • Turbo
  • Turtle
  • Tycho
  • Vadar
  • Viking
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Whiskey
  • Winston
  • Wonka
  • Woody
  • Yeti
  • Zeus
  • Zipper
  • Zorro

Top names for female dogs: Abigail - Daisy

  • Abigail
  • Acadia
  • Acorn
  • Alexa
  • Amaya
  • Amazon
  • Amber
  • Amy
  • Ana
  • Anastasia
  • Anise
  • Ariana
  • Ariel
  • Artemis
  • Arya
  • Athena
  • Aurora
  • Autumn
  • Babe
  • Babushka
  • Bahama
  • Bailey
  • Bambi
  • Banshee
  • Baroness
  • Batty
  • Beauty
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Berries
  • Bertha
  • Betsy
  • Birdie
  • Biscuit
  • Bitsie
  • Bloosom
  • Brandy
  • Bridget
  • Brooklyn
  • Brunette
  • Bubbles
  • Cairo
  • Caitlin
  • Candy
  • Carmela
  • Cersei
  • Chablis
  • Chai
  • Chanel
  • Charlotte
  • Cherry
  • Chili
  • Chloe
  • Cinder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cleo
  • Clove
  • Coco
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Cookie
  • Cordelia
  • Crown
  • Cupcake
  • Curry
  • Daenerys
  • Daisy

Unique names for girl dogs: Dakota - Luna

  • Dakota
  • Dana
  • Desdemona
  • Diva
  • Domino
  • Dorothy
  • Dot
  • Duchess
  • Earrings
  • Ebony
  • Echo
  • Eclipse
  • Electra
  • Eliza
  • Elle
  • Elvira
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Espresso
  • Eureka
  • Eve
  • Faith
  • Fergi
  • Fern
  • Fifi
  • Frida
  • Gaia
  • Gemini
  • Gigi
  • Ginger
  • Godiva
  • Gorgeous
  • Grace
  • Gracie
  • Hazel
  • Henna
  • Hera
  • Hermione
  • Honey
  • Hope
  • Isabella
  • Jasmine
  • Joy
  • Juliet
  • Juno
  • Kahlua
  • Katniss
  • Kay
  • Kayla
  • Keesha
  • Kendall
  • Khaki
  • Kim
  • Kitkat
  • Kuro
  • Kylie
  • Laces
  • Lacey
  • Lady Bug
  • Leia
  • Leila
  • Licorice
  • Lipstick
  • Liv
  • Lola
  • Lolita
  • Lucy
  • Luna

Best female names for dogs: Mabel through Rose

  • Mabel
  • Majesty
  • Malibu
  • Mamba
  • Manhattan
  • Maple
  • Marge
  • Marshmallow
  • Mary-Kate
  • May
  • Maya
  • Medusa
  • Meredith
  • Merida
  • Merlot
  • Mia
  • Mishka
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Muffin
  • Mulan
  • Nakita
  • Natasha
  • Nayla
  • Nimbus
  • Nisha
  • Noodle
  • Octavia
  • Olive
  • Olivia
  • Ophelia
  • Oreo
  • Page
  • Pandora
  • Paris
  • Pearl
  • Pebbles
  • Pennies
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Pepsi
  • Persephone
  • Petals
  • Phoebe
  • Pico
  • Pixie
  • Plum
  • Pocahontas
  • Poppy
  • Porscha
  • Princess
  • Pudding
  • Puma
  • Queen
  • Queenie
  • Rain
  • Raisin
  • Rapunzel
  • Raven
  • Reese
  • Ripley
  • Rosaline
  • Rose

Unique names for girl dogs: Roxy through Zoe

  • Roxie
  • Royal
  • Ruby
  • Sable
  • Sabra
  • Sadie
  • Sahara
  • Sansa
  • Scarlet
  • Scout
  • Sepia
  • Sequoia
  • Sheba
  • Sherry
  • Shimmer
  • Shiva
  • Sierra
  • Silhouette
  • Soot
  • Sophie
  • Star
  • Starling
  • Stoli
  • Storm
  • Sugar
  • Summer
  • Sweetie
  • Sweetpea
  • Swift
  • Sydney
  • Syrup
  • Tawny
  • Tess
  • Tiana
  • Tinkerbelle
  • Tiny
  • Tiramisu
  • Tootsie
  • Tootsie
  • Trinity
  • Tuscan
  • Twiggy
  • Valentine
  • Valkyrie
  • Velvet
  • Venus
  • Vixen
  • Wednesday
  • Xena
  • Yoko
  • Zuul
  • Zoe
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Do you need more inspiration for your new pet’s name?

Below are a few tips to point you in the right direction. Our guide to naming your pet has helped millions of pet parents find the perfect name!

Physical description: Look at your dog objectively to see what stands out about its physical appearance. Does your dog or puppy have a prominent physical trait such as spots on its coat, a mask, white mittens on its feet, or a sweeping tail? Spot, Bandit, Mittens, or Feathers could be the right name.

Characteristic names: Is your dog or puppy very affectionate, energetic, or perhaps very dignified and regal? Lovey, Pepper, or King might be good names to consider. Watching your dog's behavior will give you clues to its personality and what will be a good name. Or you can use your sense of humor to name your dog the opposite of what it seems, such as naming a lazy, low-key dog 'Flash.'

Breed-specific names: Names that particularly fit your breed of dog should be considered. If your dog is a Poodle, a French name like Pierre or Bijou might be in order. A German Shepherd might warrant a name like Kaiser or Gunter. An English Setter might be named Jasper or Lady Jane.

Famous names: Many dogs have been named after famous people, Hollywood celebrities, or animals that have appeared in movies and TV shows. Many dogs have been named Lassie, Yeller, Napoleon, Otis, or Blue because of their famous counterparts on screen. Other dogs have been named from mythology, such as Zeus, Odin, or Juno. Still others are named after famous multiples, such as a pair of dogs named Romeo and Juliet or a trio of dogs named Curly, Larry, and Moe.

People names: People names give dogs a more human quality and make them seem more like a friend than an animal companion. Names like Brian, Maggie, Max, and Sam are often popular with dog owners. Be careful before naming your dog after someone you know. It may seem like an honor to you, but sharing a name with an animal may not be an honor to the person.

Are you still having trouble naming your dog?

Pets are like our children. We love them, care for them, and we get to dress them up in adorable outfits — if that's a thing we feel like doing! So it's extra important that we take time to find the perfect name that reflects our new pet's personality and potential. Naming can be hard, which is why we've gathered nine pet-naming techniques to find the perfect fit, as well as assembled a handful of our most beloved lists of pet names!